VH Speed Skating - Boot Maintenance and Repair

Boot Maintenance and Repair

Boot Maintenance

Maintaining your boots properly is very important for longevity, enjoyment, and performance.  Some basic maintenance tips are listed below:

  • Foot sweat and moisture from the ice accelerate the degradation of the boot so drying your blades and boots after practice is important.
  • Monitoring of abrasions from skates rubbing on the ice or from kicking skates together
  • Applying a leather preserver to the outside of your skates
  • Monitoring buckle strap wear
  • Monitoring eyelet wear

VH Boot Hardware Specifications

This list is designed to provide VH customers with the information to purchase replacement or spare parts for their VH equipment from any nut and bolt supply shop in your area. The following items will work with all VH model stock short track boots as illustrated below, along with the VH Titanium Blade (Ti1) and the VH Ti2 blade.

Click on the pdf icon below to download a 1 page parts list that can be printed and used when going to the nut & bolt shop to get replacement parts

Download Hardware list

VH Hardware list

To view this list in the FAQ section click here

Tightening heel area in the skate

Tighten heel area of the skate

Basic Boot Repair

The following instructions outline some basic boot repair that can be done to maintain your skates.

Boot Abrasions

The cause of boot abrasions range from a skater:

  1. Rubbing their skates on the corner
  2. Kicking their skates together during the push phase
  3. Clashing skates together with competitors (competitions & games)

Depending on the skaters activities and technical habits skate abrasions can happen. These abrasions are easily fixable to assist with maintaining your boots and performances.

Contact cement is the best way to repair parts on your boot that have been damaged from kicking or abrasions. When using contact cement you should always ensure that you use it in a well ventilated area, that you wear a mask, and that you handle it with rubber gloves.

For the best results contact cement should be applied to both surfaces that you wish to attach. Once you have applied contact cement to both surfaces you will need to allow time for it to become tacky before attaching them. To speed up the process you can use a heat gun or blow dryer to assist with the curing. The following illustration shows a repair to a scuff guard.

Repairing a Scuff Guard

 

Buckle straps should always be monitored for wearing of teeth or tears. If you notice these we would recommend that you order a replacement buckle strap. The best practice is for skaters to have an extra buckle strap as part of their skate equipment. Monitoring of buckle bolts is also important as they loosen over time. To avoid accidentally loosing a strap or buckle we recommend that your buckle is done up loosely when transporting your skates. Eyelets will weaken over time and will need to be replaced. We recommend that if you notice a loosening eyelet that you take it to a shoemaker to have it repaired. A local shoemaker does an excellent job at this repair and is the most cost effective way to maintain eyelets. Should you wish to have VH repair an eyelet please contact us directly. Along with basic boot maintenance the following skate review, tightening or replacement should be done as needed.

 

Boot Maintenance